Governor Newsom’s new restrictions are effective immediately and applicable to all counties that have been on the State’s monitoring list for three consecutive days—including Riverside County. According to Governor Newsom, the decision to issue these new guidelines was made in response to local conditions and will remain in place for at least three weeks.
Businesses in the following sectors must close indoor operations immediately in Riverside County:
As previously announced, bars must remain closed.
In addition, Governor Newsom announced new statewide measures in advance of the Fourth of July weekend.
State Beach Parking Closures
All parking facilities at state beaches in Southern California and the Bay Area will be closed for the upcoming weekend. In counties that close local beaches, the State will close state beaches as well. Other state parks remain open, with measures in place to reduce visitation and limit overcrowding.
Fourth of July Weekend Guidance
Governor Newsom advised that counties with mandatory closures should consider cancelling fireworks shows. The State is also recommending that people should not gather with people do from other households, and should avoid crowds.
Enforcement Strike Teams Established
All of these new orders will be enforced by new Multi-Agency Enforcement Strike Teams. The Enforcement Strike Teams will include officials from ABC, CalOSHA, the Department of Business Oversight, Department of Consumer Affairs, and California Highway Patrol.
These teams will be deployed to counties on the state’s watch list, including Riverside County, where they will partner with local agencies to target non-compliant workplaces. State officials said that they will consider a wide array of enforcement options, including citations, fines, and licensing actions.
For more information, stay tuned to this webpage.
We understand the impact that this crisis is having on local businesses and workers, and will continue to share all available resources to keep our community strong during this crisis.
Please see these State links for resources:
GO-Biz COVID-19 Page: https://hubs.ly/H0nH9Fc0
Employment Development Department: https://hubs.ly/H0nHfH30
The DHS Senior Center will be closed temporarily from today, March 16, until Monday, April 27, 2020 due to COVID-19. (We will re-open earlier if that becomes possible.)
Meanwhile, the Center will still continue to provide lunches for the seniors of DHS.
We have implemented the following lunch system, which requires a pickup:
Seniors must call anytime after 8:30 am to reserve a lunch spot for that day and to find out their pickup time. We will only have 8 people per half hour picking up lunches to prevent groups gathering.
We know that for many of you, this may be the only meal for the day. So we are asking you to come for the pickup while still taking the Governor's recommendation to self-quarantine very seriously.
We also want to emphasize that while the Center itself is closed, the staff are very much here during business hours. If you have questions, need resources, or even just want someone to talk to, we are here to take your phone call. We also will be checking in on our members via phone.
This is a challenging time, but our community is strong and we will get through it together.